Pamplemousse Cooler (Vodka-Cucumber Cocktail With Grapefruit LaCroix) Recipe

Vicky Wasik

Cool off with this vodka cocktail, which gets a delicate vegetal flavor from muddled cucumber. Created by Christopher Longoria of San Francisco's 1760, it has a soft sweetness from elderflower liqueur.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 5 half-inch slices peeled cucumber

  • 1/2 ounce (15ml) fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon

  • 1/4 ounce (8ml) simple syrup (see note)

  • 1 1/4 ounces (35mlvodka

  • 1/2 ounce (15ml) elderflower liqueur, such as St-Germain

  • 1 1/2 ounces (45ml) LaCroix Pamplemousse Sparkling Water

  • Cucumber slice and lemon wedge, for garnish (optional)


  1. Add cucumber, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Muddle until cucumber is broken up. Add vodka and elderflower liqueur and fill with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds.

  2. Top with sparkling water and fine-strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish if desired and serve immediately.


To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Special Equipment

Muddler, cocktail shaker and strainer, fine-mesh strainer

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
163 Calories
0g Fat
15g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 163
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 7mg 35%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 69mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)